EPA Hosts Webinar September 30 on Creating Tick-Safe Schools Using Integrated Pest Management

A webinar, Creating Tick-Safe Schools Using IPM, will be held on September 30, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.  This webinar is one in a series of EPA webinars to help school districts adopt a proactive approach to pest control by offering information on plans for implementing Integrated Pest Management.  Integrated Pest Management is a smart, sensible, and sustainable approach to managing pests.  IPM takes action to address the underlying causes that enable pests to thrive.

Important information on the identification, removal, and diseases related to ticks will be presented, followed by instruction on how to incorporate tick IPM into a School IPM plan. Passive prevention via landscape architecture and maintenance along with active prevention with pesticides, including repellants, will be discussed. The Tick Encounter web resource will be discussed along with additional resources and research.

The presenters for this webinar will be:

  • Thomas Mather, University of Rhode Island Center for Vector Borne Diseases
  • Marcia Anderson, EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM
  • Kathy Murray, Maine Department of Agriculture

Register for the Creating Tick-Safe Schools webinar: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/211517777.

Future webinars will address the following topics:

  • The Basics of School IPM: October 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Managing Outdoor Pests at Schools Using IPM: November 18 at 2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Bed Bugs in Schools: December 16 at 2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Keeping Rodents out of Your School: January 27 at 2 p.m. Eastern time
  • Dealing with Nuisance Birds around Schools: February 24 at 2 p.m. Eastern time

Find information about future webinars: http://www.epa.gov/pestwise/events/sipm-webinars.html.
Learn more about IPM in Schools: http://www.epa.gov/pestwise/ipminschools/ and http://www.epa.gov/pestwise/ipminschools/implementation.html.
Watch this short video from the Colorado School IPM Coalition to learn more about IPM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TSJaDtqAeY.

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